I can remember being on Ex Crusader, (1980), in a NATO Beer tent in Hildesheim, I think it was an Artillery camp 5 Hvy or something. Anyway, some US troops were in the tent drinking, as were we, the banter between us and the yanks was escalating and eventually a very large american came over to our 6ft table, which was sporting a nice pyramid of empty Tenants Larger cans on it, he slammed his hands flat onto our table, sending our beer can pyramid toppling and said,I have just started “Learning to eat soup with a knife” (JA Nagl).
The U.K. sent a mission to Vietnam to impart lessons learnt in Malaysia. From what I have read so far the US military didn’t listen.
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"If you Brits were so damned good, how come you didn't come to Vietnam?"
To which one of our lads replied, "Well, the Vietnamese didn't need us!"...
as you can expect, it kicked off.